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Align all enrollment periods for Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and Part D

The fall open enrollment period for Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D plans runs from October to December of each year, followed by an MA disenrollment period from […]

Expand equitable relief

Limited avenues for relief are available to those who make mistakes when enrolling in Medicare. Specifically, beneficiaries facing lifetime penalties and gaps in coverage can only remedy their […]

May 21st, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Streamline Enrollment|

Reduce or eliminate the Part B lifetime late enrollment penalty

Erroneously delaying Medicare enrollment can have lifetime consequences—currently, a lifetime premium penalty of 10 percent is levied for every year a person should have been enrolled in Medicare […]

May 20th, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Increase Affordability, Streamline Enrollment|

Require Part D plans to give the reason for a medication denial at the pharmacy counter

Knowing why a prescription drug is refused at the pharmacy counter is critical to helping beneficiaries determine their next steps—whether it is working with their physician to secure […]

Letter of Support for DME Competitive Bidding Program

Re: “Hearing on Improving Competition in Medicare: Removing Moratoria and Expanding Access”

Dear Chairman Brady and Ranking Member McDermott:

On behalf of the Medicare Rights Center (Medicare Rights), I am writing to […]

May 19th, 2015|Categories: Sustaining Medicare's Future|Tags: |

Require Part D coverage determinations at the pharmacy counter

After being refused a prescribed medication at the pharmacy, a beneficiary must formally request coverage from their Part D plan before the appeals process can even begin. In […]

May 18th, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Simplify Appeals, Strengthen Part D|

Allow appeals on the Part D specialty tier

When medically necessary, people with Part D have the right to request that their plan allow them to pay less for high-cost medications when a similar, lower-cost medicine […]

Add Part D to an integrated appeals process for Medicare-Medicaid managed care plans

In some states that are testing new care coordination models for dually eligible Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, the federal government is allowing the state and health plan to […]

May 16th, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Simplify Appeals, Strengthen Part D|

End passive enrollment for Medicare-Medicaid managed care plans

Ongoing demonstration programs to test new models of care for dually eligible Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries are allowing private health plans to passively enroll beneficiaries. This means low-income, […]

May 15th, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Enhance Education and Choice|

Create a publicly-administered Part D benefit

The Medicare prescription drug program is operated solely by private health plans. Adding a public drug benefit to the Part D program would diminish confusion among beneficiaries who […]